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Standard BNQ 9700-253
Sustainable Development – Responsible Event Management

Events often have a negative impact on the environment: excessive use of paper, major production of greenhouse gas emissions, and so on. For that reason, today’s event planners are interested in responsible management, which also happens to give a significant boost to the image and promotion of an event. With this in mind, BNQ 9700-253 defines responsible event management and establishes technical rules based on the 16 principles of the Sustainable Development Act of Québec. It enables planners, service providers, participants and users to shrink the natural and human environmental footprint of events and enhance their economic and social spinoffs. This initiative by the Réseau des femmes en environnement and the Conseil québécois des évènements écoresponsables (CQEER) is a nationally and internationally recognized benchmark available to guide planners in making a range of environmentally responsible choices, from supplier selection to waste management.

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    12684 ANG BNQ 9700-253 Sustainable Development - Responsible Event Management
    12641 FRN BNQ 9700-253 Développement durable - Gestion responsable d'évènements
    REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: June 2024)

  • Standards committee members
    Number of committee members : 18
    Jean-François AhernModus Operandi Logistiques
    Jacinthe AyotteGrand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R)
    Benoit BrièreVille de Gatineau
    Daniela CaputoMontreal Event Planner
    François CormierÉcho-Logique
    Nicolas CournoyerMulticolore
    Marie-Pier Dagenais-RobergeFestiVoix
    Émilie Leblanc LabergeÉvasion Nature Petite-Vallée
    Sophie-Laurence H. LauzonRéseau des femmes en environnement
    Jasmine LortieMinistère du Tourisme
    Pablo ManeyrolTOHU
    Elsa MoawadGroupe AGÉCO
    Isabelle MoïseRECYC-QUÉBEC
    Catherine NoppenInstitut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)
    Joannie RoyHydro-Québec
    Sophie SimoneauLoto-Québec
    Sélène SuetFestivals et Événements verts de l’Estrie (FEVE)
    Sylvie ThébergeÉvénements Attractions Québec (EAQ)

 

Certification Offer 

Marque de certification - Gestion responsable d’évènementsBy certifying their events, planners can claim to promote sustainable development and project a positive public image. The BNQ certification program enables event planners to: Have third parties recognize their responsible event management and compliance with the practices set out in BNQ 9700-253; Prove the firmness of their commitment to sustainable development; Produce events that meet requirements but also uphold the principles of sustainable development. To start with, the program includes general requirements such as: the planner’s management system and commitment, evaluation and documentation, a responsible management contract, event-related documents and classification-level compliance. However, it also includes 56 special requirements covering five different fields: supplier selection, equipment, power and water management, waste management, food selection and transportation choices. It enables organizers to determine their event’s classification level of a possible 5 levels, the fifth being the most environmentally responsible.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

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